Volume 47, Number 6 - November 2, 2009

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Grant for book exchange program

By Laurie Charles

Miami Dade College has received a $267, 298 Student Access Via Exchange grant to implement a book exchange program that will make textbooks more affordable for students.

For now, SAVE will only focus on four courses: anatomy I and II, chemistry, and microbiology.

These courses are the core of the biology and chemistry departments at the North Campus and target all of the pre-professional, allied health majors, and AA science majors.

SAVE was initiated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Program in order to help ease the universal financial hardships faced by college students in the majors mentioned above, including the cost of expensive textbooks.

SAVE is a student run book exchange program in which students can join a book exchange club for a nominal fee and rent and swap books for the semester.

“I think the SAVE program will greatly benefit students because textbooks are very expensive,” said Andrea Jacobo, 18, a biology major. “With this new program, students including myself will be able to get our books on time and won’t have to pay as much for them.”

SAVE will function at a low operational cost with minimal needs for staff and space, serving as an ideal sustainable project.

“Kudos to the academic and resource development teams at the college for coming up with such a creative and needed solution to help mitigate the cost of textbooks for students,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, in an MDC press release.

For more information regarding the SAVE grant and book exchange program, contact (305) 237-1252.

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